Eddie Lee, 58

Eddie Eugene Lee, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home.Born March 4, 1953, in Iaeger, W.Va., he was the son of Robert E. and Maxine (England) Lee.At age five, he moved from West Virginia to Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1971.Eddie first began his career at International Harvester, Fort Wayne and then was drafted into the U.S. Marines.Upon his discharge, he returned to International Harvester where he worked for five years.He then became an insurance agent with Farm Bureau in Columbia City. In 1979 he became self employed and now owns 21 corporations in 15 states as the owner of Midwest Bonding.In 2003, he and a business partner purchased the Universal Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Hudsonville, Mich., which is currently headquartered in Columbia City. Survivors include his son, Eric David Lee of Columbia City; brother, Larry G. Lee of Columbia City; sister, Bobbie Neely of Charleston, W.Va. and nephew, Ronald Lee of Churubusco.He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dale Lee.Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Grable officiating.Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Lee to Whitley County Community Foundation c/o Whitley County Cares Fund.Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.